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Energy from Death-Front View (Clip)
Date: March 14, 2010
Running Time: 00:05:17

Watch the process of a deceased monitor lizard providing energy for other organisms to live in this time-lapse video. Look for this exhibit in the museum, upstairs in the Traits of Life area. Animals are a source of energy-rich food even after they die. Here we can see beetles, flies, bacteria, and other organisms feasting on carcasses. They get their energy from rotting flesh, just as we get energy from the food we eat. Scavengers break down the tissues of dead animals, releasing nutrients that would otherwise remain trapped inside. This action recycles proteins and minerals from the dead animal's body, enriching the soil for plants to grow, and providing food for other creatures to consume.
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Miscellaneous - Off the Screen: Joshua Light Show with Linda Perhacs and Julia Holter (Clip)
4/19/2015   
The legendary Joshua Light Show returns to the Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum to improvise an immer ...
 
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Rosetta Mission - Spring 2015 Update (Webcast)
5/14/2015   Time: 7:30 PM PDT
Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he gives an update on the Rosetta Mission, the ...

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Rosetta Mission - Preparing for Landing (Clip)
11/7/2014   
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Arts at the Exploratorium - Bob Miller - Light Walk (1982) (Clip)
10/21/2014   
Light Walk captures former Exploratorium artist and "natural philosopher" Bob Miller (1935 ...
 
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Live Deep-Sea Exploration with the E/V Nautilus - How Is Technology Changing Ocean Research and Exploration? (Clip)
9/29/2014   
Join us for a live chat with researchers aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus as they study ...
 
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Exploratorium at the Piers - Exploratorium at Pier 15: Green Machine (Clip)
2/6/2013   
Catch a sneak peak of our new nine-acre campus at Piers 15/17 with Building Operations ...
 
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Science in the City - Airships (Clip)
8/8/2012   
Take to the skies on board the zeppelin Eureka with pilot Andrea Deyling of Airship Ventures ...

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Science in the City - Tofu (Clip)
4/8/2015   
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In the Balance: Bringing Science to Justice with David Faigman - “They Say They Want to Bring Me in Guilty” (Podcast)
4/2/2015   
“They Say They Want to Bring Me in Guilty”: On the Need to Make Forensic Identification 'Science' ...
 
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Resonance - Alonzo King and Bernie Krause: Interview (Clip)
3/26/2015   
Join us for a moderated discussion with Alonzo King and Bernie Krause. Krause previously colla ...
 
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Resonance - Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Bernie Krause: Performance (Clip)
3/26/2015   
This newly added Resonance event highlights an emerging collaboration between one of ballet’s mo ...
 
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Miscellaneous - Science of Cocktails 2015 Event (Clip)
3/21/2015   
On January 30, 2015, the Exploratorium Lab hosted its fifth annual Science of Cocktails event. M ...